Material removal through cutting, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping and more using machinery such as laser cutting systems, plasma cutting systems, oxyfuel cutting systems, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, turning centers, multitasking machines, electrical discharge machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.
The economies and production rates that are gained on metal parts produced by additive manufacturing processes can suffer when post-machining is required due to a sub-standard surface finish. That’s where these innovative machine tools come in: they combine additive and subtractive technologies to eliminate secondary operations. Here’s a closer look at how some of the newest systems do it.
The Vertex 55X-H from Mitsui Seiki is ideal for producing super hard materials used in parts and diesel engines, and repair of high-pressure turbine and compressor blades, low pressure blades, blisks/IBRs and impellers for aerospace, power generation, oil and gas applications.
The OPM250L Metal 3D Printer from Sodick can quickly print and mill a variety of high hardness tool steels with a 99.99 percent density.